Spaced: The Complete Series
The premise of this cult U.K. sitcom sounds like a sub-Three’s Company yawn: Two twentysomethings pose as a couple to rent a flat. But Spaced‘s writer-stars Simon Pegg and Jessica Hynes packed the two seasons with heaps of pop culture references in hilarious, lovingly detailed ways. Hynes’ job at a Mexican restaurant — the awesomely named Neo Nachos — became an homage to One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest; a zombie-movie-themed episode inspired Pegg’s 2004 film Shaun of the Dead. Spaced is like Green Card remade by Quentin Tarantino and Kevin Smith — two filmmakers who, incidentally, contribute to highly engaging new commentaries. (Other Spaced fans chiming in: South Park creator Matt Stone and EW columnist Diablo Cody.) Older commentaries and deleted scenes entertain, but an overlong retrospective seems a waste of space(d). A-
For more on Spaced, see EW.com’s PopWatch blog.